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have decimated al qaeda. osama bin laden is dead. he said we would end the war responsibly in iraq. we've done that. he has restored relationships around the world. i spend every day up at the united nations where i have to interact with 192 other countries. i know how well the united states is viewed. i know that our standing is much improved. and it's translated into important support for strong american positions, for example -- >> is it inappropriate for governor romney to level the criticism he leveled? >> i'm not going to get into politics, david. that's not my role in this job. but i think the american people welcome and appreciate strong, steady, unified leadership, bipartisan, in times of challenge. and for those men and women in our diplomatic service, including those we tragically lost, they look to our leadership to be unified and strong. >> let's talk about leadership in the world, and as the nuclear threat from iran. another area of tension between the united states and israel. in just a couple of minutes, we will show our interview with the prime minister of israel, benj
iraq did not change the middle east as many felt it would just by projecting american power. this is in many ways about the kind of leadership that we're seeing take root in the middle east and what leverage the united states has. i think that's a critical question. how the united states uses leverage in that part of the world and what about american public opinion? americans are very frustrated seeing all these images after we give millions of dollars to these countries and have actually played a role militarily and otherwise in helping to free folks, citizens of libya and egypt from rule. >> david gregory, thanks very much. >> thanks, lester. >>> now a check on the rest of this morning's top stories. veronica de la cruz is over at the news desk. good morning. >>> good morning, jenna and lester. good morning, everyone. fbi agents have arrest add man they say planned to detonate a car bomb outside a bar in downtown chicago. more now from nbc's michelle franzen. >> reporter: authorities say a bar in chicago's busy downtown was the target friday night of an alleged car bomb pl
the courage to stand against the abuse of power his whole career. he's the father of an iraq war veteran, who believes our one sacred obligation is to take care of those who have served this nation. >> i can say with absolute certitude, i am more optimistic about america's chances today than i have been my entire life. >> grit, determination, resilience, optimism. that's been the story of america. the story of ordinary people with extraordinary courage, overcoming extraordinary obstacles and always, always moving towards a better day. joe biden knows that story. he's lived it. our vice president, joe biden. >>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the vice president of the united states, joe biden. [ cheers and applause ]3 c1 >> you might have seen there, by the way, the first lady and dr. biden have seats tonight on the floor. they were in the vip box, which is well up and away from the podium. but it gives tonight a different feel. she just exchanged a hearty thumbs up with the vice president. there you have it. >> hello my fellow democrats! and my favorite democrat. jill ie, i want you to
forced to flee their own country. most of them to crowded refugee camps in turkey, lebanon and iraq and jordan. ann curry is reporting from there this week and is with us from there again tonight. >> reporter: brian, good evening. it's not just the number of people who have been affected. but how vicious this war has become. the government has the heavy weapons and is using them, but atrocities have been alearned by both sides. the u.n. has reported that even children have been tortured, killed and used as human shields. civil war is turning syria into an unimaginable hell. the fighting is intensifying. the government attacks are more indiscriminate. even small children now know to run. people do what they can to help the injured. while thousands flee the country. desperate to get out of harm's way. refugee camps are filling up. today actor and activist angelina jolie, a special u.n. envoy drew a crush of news cameras as she visited a camp in jordan. she was visibly moved by what she saw. >> it is a horrific situation and very critical time. hundreds and hundreds of people are dying
. the wars in iraq and afghanistan were paid by borrowing and increasing the national debt. stopping the war doesn't free up any new money. this claim about obama's jobs record raised questions. >> here is another job score. president obama plus 4.5 million. congressional republicans, zero. >> reporter: it's true since january 2010 the economy has gained over 4.5 million private sector jobs. but mr. obama had already been president for a year by then when the economy was hemorrhaging jobs. if you begin counting when he took office, it's a net gain of about 415,000 jobs. vice president joe biden actually got that right last night by including the time span. >> we sense created 4.5 million private sector jobs in the past 29 months. >> reporter: but biden went out on a limb with this charge. >> they're not prepared to do anything about the debt if it contained even $1, i'm not exaggerating, or one cent in new taxes for millionaires. >> reporter: in fact, several republican plans from john boehner to pat toomey included tax increases for wealthy americans, but bipartisan negotiations broke doubt
, particularly from the obama campaign, lashing out at him for not mentioning the troops that are in iraq. now, the romney campaign has pushed back and said that the candidates met with the american legion on wednesday, just a day before his speech. the other big speech from the republican national convention, you've been talking about it already this morning, lester, of course that speech that was given by 82-year-old acting icon clint eastwood, when he gave a performance, essentially interviewing an empty chair that was meant to represent president obama. a lot of people called that performance bizarre, but the romney campaign defended it yesterday. they said the fact that he brought up the high unemployment rate, the fact that he called for a change in leadership made the speech worthwhile. and lester, they also said that the candidate himself felt that the speech was amusing. right now, political analysts watching to see if romney will get any type of a bump on the heels of the rnc. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you so much. ed rendell is the former chairman of the democratic national c
it that way. i don't think we throw outed bush whole eight years. we won the war in iraq. bush did a lot of fine things. he can separate himself from bush policy particularly in the last couple of years. he's done so with having paul ryan there. he was a critic of bush spending. he's a critic of obama spending. there's a recent survey, ask people would you prefer a bigger government with more services or a bigger economy with more jobs. 75-15, bigger economy with more jobs. conservatives have families, they believe in families, they work, and by the way, this rack of lack compassion for people who are suffering. why in every survey or every study, self-identified conservatives give more of their time, their money, their blood and their treasures to helping people. >> i want to ask this point. do you believe governor romney is a practical enough politician to cut a deal with democrats to rely on paul ryan to essentially assuage conservatives -- that's important. you don't get that from the interview but spending time with him i get that impression. >> -- sure to fight -- >> that's the poi
number. more than 244,000 u.s. troops have returned from the wars in iraq and afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries, an issue that is front and center for the nfl. a league dealing with the problem of concussions among many of its current and former players. the league is now teaming up with the u.s. army and national institutes of health to research ways to limit these types of injuries. roger goodell is commissioner of nfl. dr. landes director of the nih's institute. general odierno is the chief of staff of the army. good morning to all of you. general, that's a huge number, 244,000 military personnel with those brain injuries. i know the seriousness of those injuries varies from person-to-person but it's a problem that has to be addressed. >> absolutely. one of the problems we have are soldiers coming forward first to say i have a problem. one of the things we're really focusing on is making sure the physical, mental, dedication to accomplishment does not impede people from saying i have a problem and i need help. that's why this initiative is important to us. we're now putting se
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